Views such as these are rare, especially from inside a restaurant! I don’t know if my wife and I could have found a more exciting place to dine for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was a rapturous time celebrating at such heights.
Of course, the time went too quickly, and the sun set upon our vision sooner than we would have liked. Why does fun have to go by so quickly?
Times like this remind me that we were meant to see beauty, to revel in its glory. From a painting on a wall to the remotest mountain glens, they all provide what the Lord knows we need at the deepest levels. It truly astounds me how we’re wired for such things.
In contrast, without beauty in our lives, darkness begins to invade. When we hide or sulk in these dark prisons, our souls lose their creative substance, and even life itself. And then, we wither under the doldrums of everyday living.
Listen to what the Apostle Paul had to say about such things, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, NIV) Did you hear that? The supernatural and energizing peace of God is intimately tied to our ability to see and engage that which is good!
Whether in our minds eye, or literally in the real world, we were meant to keep our focus on what is lovely to the soul. It reminds us also to live above the fray—to be God’s beauty to any that may be struggling to see beyond the darkness around them. The glory of all that is good heals us. It places a needed salve in places that no human hand could touch.
Find beauty, and you will find solace to your soul. Discover the good around you, and you will release the hidden power of God. Don’t neglect the gift of God all around you. Chase it; and you will discover what you need.